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Gentoo’s GitHub was hacked: What you need to know

Gentoo’s GitHub was hacked: What you need to know

Popular Linux distribution Gentoo has been hacked, with the company warning that its GitHub repository should be "considered compromised." Unknown hackers took control of the GitHub account earlier this week, on June 28, and modified both pages and the OS data there.

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Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Today Niantic demonstrated "Niantic Real World Platform" - an Augmented Reality platform that's mightily impressive. This is a little bit different than what's offered by Apple with ARKit, and it's not exactly like what Google has with ARCore. Instead, it's got Pokemon. Instead, it's more focused on the sorts of situations presented in Pokemon GO - since that's where their work began. What they've got this week is a demonstration that'll make you smile.

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Not Android: Google just invested in a new mobile OS

Not Android: Google just invested in a new mobile OS

Google invested in a mobile OS called KaiOS this month, and it's no secret that it's not based in Android. What we're looking at here is a company that makes an operating system that's focused on feature phones - but feature phones that are smart. Sort of like bridging the gap between non-smart and smart phones. KaiOS might well be a big part of Google's future in emerging markets around the world.

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Google Calendar features remind you to take breaks

Google Calendar features remind you to take breaks

It may have been overshadowed by the Duplex AI media frenzy, but one of Google’s strongest topics in this year’s I/O developers conference was on Digital Wellbeing. A concern echoed this month at Apple’s own WWDC, tech companies are now raising awareness on how their own products could inevitably lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Ahead of its upcoming app and updates, Google is pushing a pair of features to Google Calendar focused around the times when you shouldn’t be at work in the first place.

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Unlocked US Galaxy S9, S9+ phones now support FM radio

Unlocked US Galaxy S9, S9+ phones now support FM radio

The unlocked version of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones sold in the United States now support FM radio. The newly accessible feature was made available via the latest software update, enabling anyone to plug in a pair of wired headphones and listen to their local terrestrial radio broadcasts. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets sold through US carriers already support FM radio.

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macOS Mojave public beta released: Here’s what you get

macOS Mojave public beta released: Here’s what you get

Apple has released the first macOS Mojave public beta, an early taste of its next big software release for Mac. The new OS brings with it tentative support for iOS software, with Apple porting four of its mobile apps over to run on macOS as a precursor to further narrowing the gap between desktop and mobile.

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This AI can spot fake photos that fool the human eye

This AI can spot fake photos that fool the human eye

It's easier than ever to modify an image and that's a big problem. In the days of social media and instant sharing, any given image can quickly go viral, gracing millions of eyes and, potentially, shaping the perceptions, beliefs, or attitudes of the people who see it. This makes it more important than ever to find and denounce fake photos -- ones altered to show something that didn't happen -- and artificial intelligence may be the solution.

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited launches on iPhone and iPad

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited launches on iPhone and iPad

Amazon has launched its FreeTime Unlimited subscription for iOS. The service was, at one point in time, limited to only Amazon's tablets. The company later launched it for Android, that paving the way for today's expansion: iOS devices. As on the other platforms, the FreeTime Unlimited for iOS subscription brings a vast quantity of kids content.

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GarageBand 10.3 adds 1,000 loops, 400 sound effects, and much more

GarageBand 10.3 adds 1,000 loops, 400 sound effects, and much more

Apple has released an update for GarageBand, its audio recording and editing application. The software is popular amongst both amateur musicians and podcasters, and will no doubt hold its appeal as Apple has made it even better: there are 1,000 new loops, among other things. This update brings the software to version 10.3.

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Flutter, Google’s vision for cross-OS app-making, hits Release Preview 1

Flutter, Google’s vision for cross-OS app-making, hits Release Preview 1

Google has let Flutter Release Preview 1 into the wild, giving developers the chance to get to grips wth its cross-platform mobile SDK for apps that run just as happily on iOS as they do on Android. The goal, Google says, is straightforward: it makes more sense for developers to build a single app and then have that automatically export in versions for iPhone and Android, especially as new platforms come down the pipe.

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iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 beta 2: here’s what’s new

iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 beta 2: here’s what’s new

Inching closer to its massive Fall rollout, Apple released the second developer beta of all of its four operating systems. Of course, most of the new features have already been revealed at WWDC earlier this month so there are few surprises here, if any. That said, it’s still reassuring to see those promised features come to life and hopefully remain there as developers help hunt bugs and iron out the kinks.

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Andy Android emulator installer could be installing a cryptominer

Andy Android emulator installer could be installing a cryptominer

Android has, justified or not, earned a reputation of being easily compromised by malware, especially when installing apps from third-party sources. On the desktop side, that has traditionally been Windows’ infamy. In an almost comical but also dangerous twist of fate, those two come together in the Andy Android emulator for Windows. According to reports, the makers of the emulator may or may not be responsible for installing a cryptocurrency (like bitcoin) miner disguised an always running “Updater.exe” program.

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